Head of Medical Affairs, Global Health, Open to flexibility

23 Mar 2018
21 Apr 2018
Contract Type

Head of Medical Affairs, Global Health, Open to flexibility

This is a highly visible role demanding interaction with a diverse range of external stakeholders (i.e. Non-governmental organisations, WHO, Funding agencies, patient advocacy groups, physicians, Ministries of Health, Supranational organisations such as UNICEF, Regulators).

Job Purpose

A significant, senior leadership role, accountable to create, lead and execute the medical vision and strategy for GSK Global Health. To be a strategic partner with R&D and Commercial within franchise and region across the Global Health Portfolio. This role will be the key advocate and spokesperson for GSK in the external Global Health community to help create a sustainable multi-stakeholder framework to address Global Health priorities. Take a lead role in the development and implementation of the GSK Global Health Virtual Unit strategy, with a specific remit to drive innovative and sustainable models of assets in development and access in developing countries.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead development of Global Medical Affairs Strategy and plans for Global Health portfolio and throughout the lifecycle, to drive advocacy and education and ensure safe and appropriate use of assets in the portfolio.
  • Strategic partner with R&D team for early asset development driving incorporation of medical insights and market need into medicines vision and clinical development plan and optimize plans for a reimbursable file and life cycle strategy.
  • Accountable for the strategy, design and execution of phase IIIb and IV studies.
  • Accountable for Investigator Sponsored studies, including oversight of execution across the portfolio.
  • Leads the development of the global scientific engagement strategy for the Global Health portfolio and will be a significant spokesperson and external speaker for GSK at scientific congresses or other company organised events.
  • Accountable for medical governance oversight across the portfolio including leading the management of and ensuring plans and activities are compliant with Scientific Engagement principles, GSK's Code of Practice and values, final signatory accountability for content.
  • Accountable for external engagement strategy and execution across the portfolio, developing and fostering stakeholder engagement across diverse stakeholder groups to include external experts, academic, institutional, governmental and non-governmental organisations in addition to management of relationships within GSK core partnerships e.g. Save the Children.
  • Lead and drive the strategic design, co-ordination and use of medical insights globally, from a broad range of key external stakeholders including HCPs, NGOs, GOs.
  • Take a significant role in the development and implementation of the GSK Global Health Virtual Unit strategy, with a specific remit to drive innovative and sustainable models of medicines development and access in developing countries.
  • International travel is anticipated as a part of this role, estimated at up to 20% of time. Frequent inter-site travel (e.g between GSKH, Stockley Park and Stevenage) is expected.

Basic qualifications:

  • MD with significant drug development and industry experience
  • Senior leadership roles in Medical Affairs including LOC and 'above country' roles
  • Experience working in emerging markets and developing countries.
  • Experience in infectious diseases
  • Combined management and research experience with responsibility for clinical development and Medical Affairs, ability to demonstrate integration ideas from diverse stakeholders e.g. Commercial, Medical, R&D.
  • Highly developed leadership, networking, communication and influencing skills to work effectively in a complex matrix environment and developing countries.
  • Expert communicator with demonstrated ability to build strong internal and external networks and be seen as a senior company spokesperson.

Preferred qualifications:

  • ABPI signatory status

Why GSK?:

GSK's goal is to be one of the world's most innovative, best performing and trusted healthcare companies. As a global company, GSK takes on some of the world's biggest healthcare challenges. The biggest contribution we can make to society is to innovate and widen access to new medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products. GSK is recognised as world leading in our commitment to global health through R&D in Pharma and Vaccines, capacity building, pricing and access initiatives. Our consistent leadership of the Access to Medicines Index (ATMI) and number one position in the Fortune Change the World Index provides independent validation of this comprehensive end to end strategy.

The Global Health Virtual Unit has been created to align the Global Health activities of Pharma R&D, Vaccines and ViiV. The newly-created position, Head of Medical Affairs for Global Health offers an opportunity to play a significant leadership role in the design, implementation and execution of a transformational strategy to develop and deliver life-saving medicines to patients in low resource settings.

The Head of Medical Affairs for Global Health will be a strategic partner to work closely with their peers in Pharma R&D Clinical Development, ViiV, Vaccines, Access Medicines Commercial and the broader Global Health Unit, in addition to external stakeholders, including funders, NGOs, Government Agencies and Supranational Organisations to formulate and execute a world class Global Medical Affairs strategy.

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